As part of his talk on “Synaesthetic Perception and Visualisation of Sound in Space” within the SGSAH event In and Out of Space, multi-media artist Johannes Deutsch will screen a selection of his work and engage in a Q&A session lead by Dr Silvia Casini.
Fri 17th March, 16:15 – 18:00, Seminar Room 224 (Sir Duncan Rice Library, second floor)
Johannes Deutsch screening + Q&A session (free and open to the public):
As he defines himself, Wien-based artist Johannes Deutsch is first of all a painter. However, his art production refuses any strict categorizations in terms of genres or media specificity. Continuing the tradition of the Bauhaus by refusing the notion of medium purity, the artist creates synesthetic spaces that are experiential, imaginative and imbued with memory layers. Contrary to any understanding of interactive art as being almost exclusively tied to the “here and now”, Deutsch shows the intricate intertwining between layers of time, past and present histories and perceptual modes, thus reframing the complex relationship between art, science and technology in light of history and culture.
Johannes Deutsch studied graphic art and media art at the Höheren Lehranstalt für Kunst und Design in Linz and at the Postgraduate Institute for New Media, Städelschule. As a painter, director and media artist, Deutsch has always combined media to form a whole. He was already committed to the subject of the total artwork during his time as curator at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna from 1984 to 1989, which finally led him to interactive art. For the 2002 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Deutsch created an interactive CAVE installation titled Gesichtsraum, and together with Ars Electronica Futurelab, he staged Wagner’s opera Rheingold as an interactive virtual reality show for the Bruckner Festival in 2004. He continued in 2006 with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony No. 2 for West German Broadcasting in Cologne. To commemorate Schumann’s anniversary in 2010, Deutsch staged a live cinema production of Manfred (Byron/Schumann) in Düsseldorf including a televised version for ZDF, Second German Television, in 2011. From 2007 to 2012, Johannes Deutsch developed an interactive installation called Zeit Perlen for the House of Music in Vienna. As a visual artist, Johannes Deutsch has presented his works in solo exhibitions, amongst others, at the Vienna Museum of Modern Art, at Bonn Museum of Modern Art, at Museo d’Arte Moderna Ugo Carà, as well as in thematic exhibitions at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Salzburg Museum der Moderne, the Vienna Leopold Museum in 2010, and at the Admont Museum of Contemporary Art. His works are found in leading private and public collections.